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Sep 16, 2012 10:00am EDT
the presidential race, the murder of four americans, including the u.s. ambassador in benghazi, libya. the wave of anti-american protests and violence now sweeping the globe. for more on what happened and why, let's bring in the u.s. ambassador to the united nations, dr. susan rice. dr. rice, thank you for joining us. >> first of all, what is the latest on who these attackers were at the embassy or at the consulate in benghazi? we're hearing that the libyans are arresting people. they're saying some people were from outside the country and some even al qaeda ties. what's the latest information? >> jake, first of all, it's important to know that there's an fbi investigation that has begun and it will take some time to be completed. that will tell us with certainty what transpired. but our current assessment, is that in fact what began as a spontaneous not a premeditated response to what had transpired in cairo, there was a violent protest that was undertaken in reaction to this video that was disseminated. we believe that folks in benghazi, a small number of people came to the consulate to repli
ABC
Sep 12, 2012 6:00am EDT
on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya, and a reuters is reporting one of those killed was the u.s. ambassador to libya. what are you hearing this morning? >> good morning to you steve and cynne. the situation remains fluid. all we know at this moment there were two state department workers who were killed in the attached in benghazi libya. there was a large maag, they've moved into the u.s. consulate -- there was a large mob of that move into the consulate and outnumbered the libyan forces over there. yesterday in cairo egypt, there were anti-american demonstrators who scaled the walls of the u.s. embassy and pulled down an american flag and a ripped to shreds. we are trying to nail down exactly who those two, workers were were killed but at this moment we know there were two people. >> all right, thanks so very much. we will continue to follow the situation as we are still hearing reports coming in from all over the world with a different media outlets this morning. >> thank you. we appreciate that. >> also a developing story -- a cause of death report due out on the husband of
ABC
Sep 13, 2012 2:35am EDT
consulate in benghazi. the main building of the consulate was quickly on fire. at least four of the americans are believed to have died from smoke inhalation. no one was shot. for more than five hours, after the attack, the state department could not confirm ambassador stevens' whereabouts. his body was not recovered for 12 hours. >> libyans helped some of our diplomats find safety and carried ambassador stevens' body to the hospital where we trajically learned that he had died. >> reporter: the president emphasized the libya attack was carried out by a rogue group of militants and won't damage the u.s. relationship with the libyan government which vowed its cooperation. a terror group affiliated with al qaeda claimed responsibility for the attack. officials believe it was a pre-planned attack, possibly timed to the september 11th anniversary. and not linked to an anti-muslim film that sparked a large, angry protest at the u.s. embassien cairo on tuesday. >> this is an attack that should shock the conscience of people of all faiths around the world. >> reporter:ll americans i
ABC
Sep 12, 2012 12:00pm EDT
the u.s. benghazi overnight . ambassadorhe u.s and three other americans. john gonzalez is following the latest. >> the president ordered an increase in security at american diplomatic posts around a worl unrest in the middle east deadly.and now turns u.s. embassies in arab world are under attack. benghazi, the u.s. ambassador chris stevens, and three other afterans have been killed mob attacked and set fire u.s. consulate, firing grenades,d outnumbering libyan security forces if. cairo, egypt, anti-american demonstrators scaled the walls flag toed american after pulling it down. >> make no mistake, we will work with the libyan government to bring to justice the killers who attacked our people. the protesters in both countries appear to be angry film produceddget the states by an israeli that they claim insults' the profit muhammed. is being promoted by the likes of a pastor terry, who attempted to burn a karan in 2012. he says it is not designed to attack muslims but to show the destructive ideology of islam. happen in a this that we helped to in a city that we destruction?from >> a
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Sep 12, 2012 11:35pm EDT
.s. consulate in libya leaving the american ambassador and three others dead in the town of bengha benghazi. as president obama condemns this outrageous attack anti-american protesters spreading across the middle east in response to an anti-muslim film one backed by an infamous koran burning preacher. the flag is half staff for an american hero. >> my name is chris stevens and i'm the new u.s. ambassador to libya. >> reporter: he was 52 years old. a former peace corps volunteer, a gentle man and idealist. >> i've spent almost my entire career in the middle east and north africa. >> reporter: secretary of state hillary clinton remembered him today. >> he risked his life to stop a tyrant and gave his life trying to help build a better libya. the world needs more chris stevenses. the attack came at night. 10:00 p.m. city of benghazi. militants stormed the u.s. consulate and overwhelmed security guards. inside, chris stevens and several other americans trapped, pinned down by intense smoke and gunfire. the attack rages on for five hours. chris stevens dies from asphyxiation along with sean smit
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Sep 27, 2012 6:30pm EDT
of defense leon panetta today acknowledged that the attack that killed four americans in benghazi, libya, on the anniversary of 9/11 was not only carried out by terrorists, it was premeditated. >> as we determined the details of what took place there and how that attack took place, that it became clear that there were terrorists who had planned that attack. >> reporter: the white house first suggested that the benghazi attack was spontaneous. the result of that anti-muslim video inciting mobs throughout the region. >> jake, let's be clear, these protests were in reaction to a video that had been spread to the region. >> reporter: what happened at benghazi -- >> we certainly don't kn. we don't know otherwise. we have no information to suggest that it was a preplanned attack. >> reporter: but sources tell abc news that intelligence officials on the ground immediately suspected that the attack was not tied to the movie at all. arousing their suspicion? the fact that the attackers knew where to get ambassador stevens after he'd fled to a so-called safe house, half a mile away. the building w
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Sep 13, 2012 5:00am EDT
over there is tragic. >> pretty upsetting. i was pretty embarrassed and disappointed if. >> in benghazi, libya, demonstrators rallied in america, denouncing attack carried out by a rogue group. four americans were killed an information specialist sean smith and the u.s. ambassador to libya chris stevens. >> my name is chris stevens and the new u.s. ambassador or to libya. life to stop as lifet and then gave his o help build a better libya. >> we have learned the u.s. consulate was hit with two attacks. it lasted five hours. within 15 minutes of the first the attackers were able to enter the main compound of complex and set it ablaze. a terror group affiliated with qaeda has claimed attacksbility for the libya. officials believed it was coinciding with the 9/11 anniversary. jummy olabanji reporting. i want to share some live that we are getting libya and from a conflict this is egypt, actually. you can see quite a bit of activity. we will continue to follow the story. ambassador christopher stevens was on his second tour of duty in libya. the career diplomat ran the benghazi office durin
ABC
Sep 12, 2012 2:35am EDT
in benghazi. the attackers fired automatic weapons and rocket propelled grenades at the consulate as they clashed with libyans hired to guard the facility. a fire set by militants destroyed one of the buildings. >>> the attack in libya and this protest in cairo were triggered by a new film critical of the prophet mohamed, even claiming he was a pedophile. the u.s. is on alert. secretary of state hillary clinton says the u.s. is working with other governments to ensure that american interests and people are protected. >>> the white house is downplaying reports of a rift between the u.s. and israel over iran's nuclear ambitions. president obama and israeli minister netanyahu, speaking by phone last night, apparent low they agreed to continue close consultations over iran. this unusual late-night announcement from the white house comes after netanyahu criticized the obama administration over the iran policy. >> the u.n. has just found new intelligence showing iran is moving toward nuclear weapon capability. and, there are reports from israeli media that netanyahu was trying to set up
ABC
Sep 16, 2012 12:00am EDT
in been gauzy -- in benghazy have postponed the visit to libya until the violence subsides. protesters are raging over how an anti-islam film that this american filmmaker put out. he has been interviewed by authorities. in his weekly address, president obama promised to justice for those who killed u.s. ambassador to bolivia chris stevens and three other americans at the consulate. >> there's never any been ambassador to libya chris stevens and three other americans at the consulate. >> there's never any excuse for violence. so long as i am commander in chief, the united states will never tolerate efforts to harm our fellow americans. >> some say that tuesday's attack was planned. >> it was deliberate. i was given enough details of this by witnesses. >> they have no evidence that the attack was premeditated. but the scene of the first protest gives hope that other demonstrations will follow suit. >> that here at home, it has been nearly three weeks since the maryland teenager was found shot to death in her bedroom. police are stepping up their efforts to track down her killer. amber st
ABC
Sep 21, 2012 2:35am EDT
an investigation into the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. libya. some in congress are calling for a review of what the administration is now calling a terrorist attack. here's abc's jonathan karl. >> the very first question for president obama at a univision forum in miami why wasn't there more security at the u.s. consulate in lib yeah. he dent direidn't directly aans. >> when initial events happened in cairo and the region. our goal now is to not only make sure our embassies and diplomats are safe but also to make sure we bring those who carried out these events to justice. >> reporter: the white house for the first time called at salt on t the -- the assault on the consulate a terrorist attack. there are mounting questions about how it all happened? >> was there actionable intelligence prior to this test. if there was not, why not? >> the administration suggested there was no advanced warning because the attack was a spontaneous react tugs anti-muslim video that sparked protests in egypt last week. >> what this began was a spontaneous, not premeditated response to what tran
ABC
Sep 14, 2012 6:30pm EDT
. >> reporter: she spoke of all those lost when the benghazi consulate was attacked by armed militants. sean smith, the technology specialist, who leaved two young children behind. tyrone woods, a former navy s.e.a.l., the father of three little boys. and his fellow former s.e.a.l., glen doherty, a beloved son and brother. >> we've seen rage and violence directed at american embassies over an awful internet video that we had nothing to do with. it is hard for the american people to makes sense of that because it is senseless. >> reporter: but the message of today was not just of grief. it was resolve. >> so, we will wipe away our tears, stiffen our spines and face the future undaunted. >> reporter: indeed, the state department is in crisis mode, sending additional security to embassies around the world. david? >> martha, thank you. and martha, as you know, the reason for all of that concern tonight is this. an eruption of protests, big and small. in fact, 24 hours ago, in five countries around the globe, tonight, more than 30 countries. two more u.s. embassies stormed, even the new president
ABC
Sep 12, 2012 7:00am EDT
and terrifying scene. 20 gun-wielding attackers, storming the american consulate in benghazi overnight. nearly a dozen americans were inside, guarded only by libyan security. for nearly 20 minutes, the libyan guards exchanged fire with the attackers. and hurled a firebomb inside. the militants burned down at least one building. ambassador stevens was either killed by smoke inhalation, or more likely in a car trying to escape with two guards, which may have been hit by a mortar. the other american was killed from smoke inhalation. ambassador stevens is a long-serving diplomat. widely respected and passionate about libya. he was there during the revolution, serving as the american representative to the transitional national council. earlier in the day tuesday, protesters breached the walls of the u.s. embassy in cairo, tearing down the american flag and ripping it to shreds. raising a black flag reading, there is no god but allah. u.s. officials fear both incidents are in response to this low-budget, anti-muslim film. it's so controversial in the middle east, abc news is not showing it. the movi
ABC
Sep 28, 2012 2:35am EDT
in that assault on their compound in benghazi. while the investigation into the attack is far from over, the white house is now offering a new take on what really happened. here's abc's jake tapper. >> reporter: secretary of defense leon panetta acknowledged the attack that killed four americans in benghazi, libya, on the anniversary of 9/11 was not only carried out by terrorists it was premeditated. >> as we determined the details of what took place there and, how that, that attack took place, that, that it became clear that there were terrorists who had planned that attack. >> reporter: the white house first suggested that the benghazi attack was spontaneous. the result of that anti-muslim video inciting mobs throughout the region. >> jake, let's be clear, these protests were in reaction to a video that had spread to the region. we don't know, we don't know otherwise. you know, we have no information to suggest that it was a preplanned attack. >> reporter: sources tell abc news that intelligence officials on the ground, the attack was not tied to the movie at all. what aroused their suspicion, t
ABC
Sep 13, 2012 6:00am EDT
nearly five hours in benghazi. this violence has raised worries that further protests could break out around the muslim world as anger spreads over the film. the embassy in washington has condemned the attack and vowed to secure the safety of the americans. -- the libyan embassy in washingtowashington. >> there was never an issue with muslims or anything like that in the film. he was supposed to be making a film about life to a thousand years ago. >> the actress said she has called the film maker after she learned what happened. she's said that he told her i am tired of the radical muslims going around and killing everyone. he is said to be in hiding. stay with abc 7 for complete coverage of the deadly attacks and the search for the killer of u.s. ambassador chris stevens. for instant updates, visit wjla.com and our social media web sites on facebook and twitter. >> i want to check in with jacqui jeras to find out if the beautiful weather will continue. >> it will. five days in a row today. it is incredible this week. will we make a day six? take a look at it out there this morning.
ABC
Sep 13, 2012 4:00am EDT
of benghazi, libya, a different picture. hundreds of demonstrators rallied in support of america. they said the attack by on the consulate was carried out by a rogue group of militants. four americans were killed, including the ambassador to libya, chris stevens, a rising diplomat, seen here in a youtube video. >> my name is chris stevens. and i'm the new u.s. ambassador to libya. >> he risked his life to stop a tyrant. and gave his life to build a better libya. >> reporter: also killed, sean smith, an information specialist. >> we stand in gratitude for their service. i want to assure you, we will bring their killers to justice. >> reporter: a terror group affiliated with al qaeda has claimed responsibility for the well-coordinated attack with libya. it was timed to the 9/11 anniversary, and may not have been linked to the film that sparked protests in cairo and other cities. president obama said what should be a shift in u.s. relations with egypt, saying in a tv interview, that the u.s. does not consider the current egyptian government an enemy or an ally. paula and john? >> all right. ta
ABC
Sep 21, 2012 5:00am EDT
congress about the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. that attack killed four americans including the ambassador to libya. republicans have accused the miss leading the protest and failing to see them as a terrorist acts. an actress who appeared in the movie says she will getinue her fight to youtube to remove the trailer. a judge denied cindy lee garcia's request to order the be removed. she says she has received death e the collapse appeared on youtube. gs-5 a lawsuit against the filmmaker. the war in afghanistan, u.s. troops surged is over. u.s. officials confirmed the the service forces have left the battlefield and the country. thousands of american troops and in many ways in harm's way. now this story. >> defense secretary leon panetta calls it an important milestone. almost three years since a wave additional u.s. troops went order toistan in taliban, defeat al forces and give afghan suppo need.pport they december 1, 2009, president obama announced the troops surge. as commander, i determined it in our vital national to send an additional . troops to afghanistan.
ABC
Sep 21, 2012 6:00am EDT
in benghazi killed four americans. this was in response to an islam film that was in the united states. the prime minister of libya feels differently. >> have you determined that the preplanned? have done that they is continuous. >> the white house has said that was a terrorist attack and theblicans have criticized administration for not doing this sooner. a reporter asked president obama more securitynot the embassy before the attack. >> when the initial events n cairo and across the o redouble our t security. we want to make certain that e embassy is safe. and we want to bring them to justice. several arab nations are helping to investigate the attacks. the corruption trial continues for former detroit kilpatrick. he was arrested in 2008 for l involvingnda obstruction of justice. leaving edwards air force base - this will go to sacramento and san francisco. and it will move to the center, andcience spend the retirement on display. >> and that is the best of any location. >> and another reason to visit california. >> beautiful weather. >> seriously, we could take the location in the n
ABC
Sep 17, 2012 2:30am EDT
consulate in benghazi, libya, september 11th which killed the ambassador chris stevens and three other americans was not premeditated but that it escalated out of control. >> as that unfolded, it seems to have been hijacked, let us say, by some individual clusters of extremists who came with heavier weapons than, evolved from there. >> reporter: that sharply contradicts libyan officials who say the attack was organized. lama hassan, abc news, cairo. >>> the would-be teenage terrorist accused of trying to blow up a car bomb in downtown chicago appears in federal court today. fbi investigators say the teenager parked a jeep cherokee outside a bar friday night and walked away squeezing what he thought was the trigger. he was busted as part of an fbi sting. undercover agents say they gave him plenty of chances to abandon the plan. but say he was determined to go forward. >>> president obama and republican hopeful mitt romney hit the campaign trail again today. after a week largely focused on the latest violence in the middle east. expect an uptick in the war of word over everything from tr
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Sep 26, 2012 2:35am EDT
hopeful says the september 11th attack on the u.s. consulate and benghazi was clearly an act of terrorism. but he says president obama won't use that language instead referring to the deadly attack as a bump in the road on the way to democracy. >> he caught flak for that. you can't call the death of the four people, particularly an ambassador, a bump in, a bump in the road that seemed glib and callus and disrespectful to the lives lost in that. the white house sent mixed signals on thisser to. was it, premeditated attack, coincided with 9/11, premeditated, calculated or were they piggybacking over protest over the film. ambassador susan rice say one thing. the president say another. they're not clear on what they thing the reason is behind it. that's worrisome. >> his spokesman, jay carnie, reversed ship. never clearly said it was an act of terrorism. so. >> lots of questions. still lives lost. >>> moving on this morning. a texas man who had gotten three reprieves from the supreme court has now been executed. foster was pronounced dead 25 minutes after his lethal injection began. three ti
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Sep 22, 2012 7:00am EDT
the headquarters in benghazi, including the group suspected in the attack on the u.s. consulate. the compound was set on fire by angry protesters. and the militants inside were forced to flee. >>> in pakistan, 19 people were killed in violent protests over that anti-islam movie that was made in the u.s. dozens more were injured during clashes between police and protesters there. protesters offended by that film, marched in a half dozen other musl countries on friday. >>> and there's a link between sugary dinks and obesity. one study of 33,000 americans found proof that the drinks interact with jeans affecting weight, increasing the risk of obesity. swapping the sugary drinks for calorie-free alternatives leads to less weight gain in children and teenagers. >>> and the space shuttle "endeavour" made its fal flight, touching down in los angeles. and officially ending nasa's shuttle program. people lined streets and rooftops to get one, last final glimpse in flight. it toured some california landmarks, from the golden gate bridge to the hollywood sign before landing. it will go on display at the
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Sep 30, 2012 8:00am EDT
is also facing a lot of questions on the death of the american ambassador chris stevens in benghazi. he has to convince voters that he has the better answers on the economy. >> going to be something. thank you so much. >>> and don't forget to watch abc's "this week" later this morning. george's guests will include new jersey governor chris christie and white house adviser david plouffe. >>> and tune in wednesday of special coverage of one-on-one the candidates debate. at 9:00 p.m. eastern. >> george and diane hosting the debates wednesday night. >>> now, to what has been an embarrassing week for airport screeners. now, more ominously two incidents of loaded guns making it through the x-ray machines undetected. abc's mark greenblatt is at new york's laguardia airport. >> good morning to you, dan. frequent travelers complain about evasive screening procedures. two guns made it on to airplanes this week, has many travelers on edge and worried about their safety. a long line of high-profiled security blunders of tsa came to a head on friday, that when a loaded .38 caliber gun went undetecte
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Sep 14, 2012 7:00am EDT
fears for his life. following an investigation into the killings at the u.s. embassy in benghazi, there are reports of four people have been arrested. the libyan prime minister has said, expect more arrests. >> we'll keep an eye on it. thanks very much. >>> we're going to turn to the big economic news here at home. ben bernanke announcing dramatic new moves to shore up the economy. bianna golodryga with more on that. start out by explaining what the fed is doing. >> reporter: the fed announced an aggressive program to buy back about $40 billion of mortgage-backed securities every, single month. what does that mean? you saw huge response in the stock market. your 401(k) is going to bounce because of that. interest rates remain low, near zero, through 2015. that will inspire people to go out and buy homes. anything to retrigger the economy of growth. >> and investing, as well. when i spoke to mitt romney, he's been critical of ben bernanke. he won't reappoint him if he is elected president. he says this won't work. and the fed has tried stimulus bere. >> reporter: they tried this t
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Sep 13, 2012 7:00am EDT
romney is now facing tough questions, too. while the battle in benghazi was still going on, romney attacks the obama administration as disgraceful. saying the administration's first reaction was to sympathize with those who waged the attacks. this was based on a statement from the u.s. embassy in egypt, condemning the anti-muslim movie, one issued before it was even attacked. in a press conference, romney was unapologetic. >> an apology for america's values is never the right course. >> reporter: eager to throw a punch himself, the president fired back on cbs news' "60 minutes." >> governor romney has a tendency to shoot first and aim later. as president, one of the things i learned is you can't do that. >> reporter: george, conventional wisdom has it that any day the campaign is not focused on the struggling economy is a good day for president obama. there remains unanswered questions about insufficient security at the diplomatic posts on the anniversary of 9/11. one that could potentially hurt president obama. >> you also raise that question in your piece. now that the president
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